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Holden pays tribute to 69 years of Australian vehicle manufacturing

Holden has paid tribute to its local manufacturing history, as the Elizabeth Plant in South Australia closes its doors for good. The final Commodore – a VF II SS V Redline – rolled off the production line at 10:45 this morning, ending 69 years worth of locally-built GM products for the Australian market...

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Toyota Australia's Altona factory closes
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Toyota Australia's Altona factory closes

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) today closed its Australian manufacturing operations after 54 years and almost 3.5 million cars produced, for local buyers and export to the Middle East. The shuttering of Toyota’s Altona factory in Melbourne’s west was announced almost four years ago to give staff and suppliers time to prepare and re-train, with financial help from Toyota and various levels of government...


2017 Holden Calais V V6 sedan review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Holden Calais V V6 sedan review

It'll soon be gone, but the Australian-built 2017 Holden Calais V V6 won't be forgotten.


August 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales
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August 2017 VFACTS new vehicle sales

New vehicle sales grew 1.8 per cent in August over the same month last year, to 96,662 units. It's the fourth consecutive month of record sales and the highest August outcome ever. Growth in light commercial vehicle sales of 16.7 per cent, and SUVs by 4.7 per cent, offset a decline of 8.2 per cent in passenger cars...


Toyota Aurion production has ended
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Toyota Aurion production has ended

Australia's Toyota Aurion is now out of production, with the final unit rolling off the line at the Altona plant in Melbourne's west this week. The Aurion sedan's retirement comes a few months before Altona shutters for the final time, with the local Camry Hybrid ending production in September and the Camry petrol on October 3...


ACCC slams 'widespread issues' in car industry
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ACCC slams 'widespread issues' in car industry

Australia's consumer watchdog wants car manufacturers to drastically improve the way they handle customer complaints, to share their proprietary vehicle data with independent repairers, and to support real-world fuel economy and emission tests. These are three key findings in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) draft report into the new car retailing industry, which is open for stakeholder comments until September 7...


Victorian government proposes military vehicle production at old Holden site
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Victorian government proposes military vehicle production at old Holden site

The Victorian state government and defence company BAE Systems want to build a fleet of next-generation military vehicles at the former Holden site in Melbourne's inner-west. Victoria's Andrews government has signed a Heads of Agreement with the British multinational defence company, proposing to make and maintain 225 new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles and by extension creating what it claims to be thousands of manufacturing jobs - albeit with indeterminate terms...


Importing Camry rather than producing locally won't dent image, company suggests
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Importing Camry rather than producing locally won't dent image, company suggests

The fact that the new 2018 Toyota Camry will be imported from Japan rather than built in Australia like the outgoing model should not have a great impact on sales, which nevertheless are expected to decline in response to the car’s push upmarket. The 2018 Toyota Camry - generation number eight - is a new-from-the-ground-up model with different architecture and fully revised designs outside and in...


Autonomous cars will be awesome for Aussies
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Autonomous cars will be awesome for Aussies

Sydney to Melbourne. It's the trip by which all other trips are measured when it comes to a great Australian drive. And just imagine when the day comes that you'll be able to drive from Sydney to Melbourne without touching the accelerator, the brake pedal or the steering wheel as your car ferries you between the two biggest cities in the country - and all you have to do is go along for the ride...


2017 HSV GTS: final 430kW LSA-powered monster to be built next month
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2017 HSV GTS: final 430kW LSA-powered monster to be built next month

It's official! The last-ever Gen-F2-based HSV GTS will roll out of Holden Special Vehicles's Victorian workshop come late April, the performance car manufacturer has confirmed. Speaking to CarAdvice, HSV marketing general manager Damon Paull said, “We have approximately just 90 more GTSs to build, with the last scheduled to roll off the production line late next month...


1988 HSV VL SS Group A Walkinshaw review: Australia Day special!

1988 HSV VL SS Group A Walkinshaw review: Australia Day special!

Happy Australia Day! James winds the clock back 30 years to drive one of the most iconic Australian cars of all time, the 1988 HSV VL Group A SS Walkinshaw.

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2017 Holden Commodore Motorsport, Magnum and Director review: Race-certified Commodores driven
Rating: 9.510 /10
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2017 Holden Commodore Motorsport, Magnum and Director review: Race-certified Commodores driven

This is it, the final three new locally-produced Commodore models ever. Paul Maric gets behind the wheel.

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2016 Toyota Aurion Sportivo review
Rating: 6.510 /10
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2016 Toyota Aurion Sportivo review

Dave takes the recently updated 2016 Toyota Aurion Sportivo for a steer to see if the sportiest model in the range has some hidden potential.

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2016 Holden Commodore SV6 Black Edition review
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 Holden Commodore SV6 Black Edition review

Holden has thrown a bunch of goodies at the SV6 sedan, but does the Black Edition still cut it in the sports sedan stakes?


2016 Ford Falcon XR6 Review

2016 Ford Falcon XR6 Review

The last Ford Falcon has rolled down the Broadmeadows production line. But are we sad to see it go?


Humans of Broadmeadows: As Ford's plant workers finish up, we hear their stories
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Humans of Broadmeadows: As Ford's plant workers finish up, we hear their stories

Ford's manufacturing facility in the northern Melbourne suburb of Broadmeadows celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009, making it 57 this year. Today, the birthplace of the iconic Falcon, and the surprise-package Territory, will close its doors for good...


2016 Ford Territory Titanium Diesel Review: A farewell tribute
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 Ford Territory Titanium Diesel Review: A farewell tribute

An emotional and fond farewell to what was one of the best cars ever produced in Australia - James drives the Ford Territory for the last time.


2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid Atara SL Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid Atara SL Review

We love the hybrid Camry because it really doesn't feel any different to a normal Camry. It uses a lot less fuel though and is solid value for money.


2016 Toyota Camry RZ Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Toyota Camry RZ Review

In one of the last Australian-built versions of the Camry we'll see, the RZ is a sportier take on the platform, with only 1100 examples to be built. Does the limited-edition status make it worthwhile?


2016 Holden Commodore SV6 Sportwagon review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Holden Commodore SV6 Sportwagon review

It's going to be the last in a long line of large, Australian-built and designed wagons, so the SV6 has a lot to deliver if it wants to live up to the weight of expectation.